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University of Phoenix wants to help you earn credits for your expertise and life experience. By completing an experiential essay on an approved topic, you may be able to earn college credits that can be applied to a bachelor’s or associate degree.
Before you begin, contact your Academic Advisor to confirm that you need elective credits that can be satisfied with credits earned from an experiential essay.
The Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) administers the experiential essay program and approves submitted essays for college credit. The program format is based on Kolb’s experiential learning model, which considers experience a source of learning.
Please contact your academic advisor to confirm that you can apply experiential essay credits to your degree.
If your essay is approved, it will be eligible for one, two or three credits. The number of eligible credits is determined by the length of the essay and how thoroughly it covers the topic (two, four or six subtopics).
If your experiential learning essay is denied credit, you are allowed only one attempt to rewrite the essay using suggestions from our faculty evaluators.
Essay credit conversion table
|Credit amount||Word count||Number of subtopics|
|Original 3-credit essay||3,000–4,500 words||All 6 subtopics required|
|Convert to a 2-credit essay||2,000–3,000 words||Choose only 4 subtopics|
|Convert to a 1-credit essay||1,000–2,000 words||Choose only 2 subtopics|
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